none

Mobile mapper wins top science and technology awards

31-08-2010
by 
in 
Mobile mapper wins top science and technology awards
CSIRO, the developers of ZEB1, the world’s first, truly mobile, handheld, rapid laser mapping system have been awarded the Eureka Prize for the Innovative use of Technology as well as the iAwards prize for Research and Development.
 
The Eureka Prize, often referred to as the “Oscars of Science” is given to the top scientists in Australia each year.
 
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, including the ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) sponsored award, celebrate the best in Australian science, innovation, leadership, research and journalism.
 
The iAwards is Australia’s premier technology awards program, focused on recognising the contributions made by the ICT industry to both the national and global economies. Winners of 2013 iAwards now have the opportunity to compete with businesses from across the region at the 2013 Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards.
 
“Mobile mapping is a technology in great demand, but difficult to perform indoors,” said Frank Howarth the Director of the Australian Museum. “The team behind ZEB1 unique solution is to take those challenges and turn them into opportunities. Their quick and easy scanning solution is a revolution for bio-physical measurement of cultural heritage sites and tracking of environmental changes – no other technology comes close.”
 
iAwards Chair Russell Yardley said: “It is rewarding to see the far reaching impact which the use of innovative technology has on our economy. ICT (such as ZEB1) can lead to improvements in productivity and can also have a tangible impact on society in areas such as education, mining and the environment.”
 
ZEB1 uses robotic technology called Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). The ZEB1 system includes a lightweight laser scanner mounted on a simple spring mechanism, which continuously scans as the operator walks through the environment. As the scanner loosely oscillates about a spring it produces a rotation that converts 2D laser measurements into 3D fields of view. Its ability to self-localise makes ZEB1 ideally suited for use indoors, underground and in other covered environments where traditional solutions that utilise GPS don’t function well.
 
“This is a huge achievement for ZEB1 and the development team,” said Dr Graham Hunter, founder and Executive Chairman of 3D Laser Mapping the company who have commercialised the technology and launched it to market.
 
“It clearly demonstrates just how advanced the system is and recognises the impact it is already having on the mapping and surveying industries,” Dr Hunter said.

Related news & editorials

  1. 16.11.2018
    16.11.2018
    by      In
    Just in time for the warmer weather, Coates Hire has expanded its alliance with Fanquip with the recent purchase of more Mobile Mancooler units to add to its existing fleet.
    The Australian-made Mobile Mancooler features a heavy pipe frame, heavy-duty lifting hook and large diameter wheels for easy... Read More
  2. 16.11.2018
    16.11.2018
    by      In
    Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are increasingly used in production, warehousing and order picking. Every one must find its way to an exact position quickly, safely and cost-effectively. There have been various technologies in this area, each with its own specific properties, and with each further... Read More
  3. 15.11.2018
    15.11.2018
    by      In
    With so many different welding helmet brands and options available, selecting the welding mask that’s perfect for your specific needs has never been more difficult. But now AWS has made it easy.
    Rather than having to sort through mountains of data, the AWS Welding Helmet Selector Tool matches your... Read More
  4. 14.11.2018
    14.11.2018
    by      In
    ABB has launched the world’s first safety PLC with integrated condition monitoring, in order to improve overall functional safety of various applications to global safety standards and reduce manual inspection and maintenance.
    Failsafe condition monitoring complements standard noncritical... Read More